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  • Sri Lanka: Note on The Commission on Disappearances sittings in Kilinochchi

    Brito Fenando ·         Inquiry started focusing Kilinochchi District and covered 10 Grama Sevaka Divisions in 4 days. ·         Registered victims are called according to the GS divisions. ·          The staff interview all the persons who come there and new forms were also filled by the staff. ·         Three commissioners inquire the victims , one by […]

  • Sri Lanka Disappearance Probe to Hear More Cases from North

    A three-member panel appointed to probe disappearances during Sri Lanka’s three-decade-long civil war will hear more cases in Tamil-dominated northern areas.           The panel had received some 13,000 complaints of disappearances when it began their Kilinochchi hearings. Commission’s H W Gunadasa said that the panel would now sit in Mullaithivu, the former LTTE military headquarters.          Gunadasa said […]

  • Sri Lanka: PC on Disappearances begins sittings

    The Presidential Commission (PC) to Probe Disappearances commenced its sittings on Saturday (18) in Kilinochchi, ahead of the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council sessions, scheduled for March.The Commission received oral and documentary submissions from 52 Tamils in Vannerikulam and Aanaivilunthan, in the Killinochchi District, yesterday, the second day of the sittings, the Secretary to the […]

  • Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka: 2006-2013 Read more >

    Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka: 2006-2013

    WATCHDOG This is a summary of a longer report. Please read it download it as a PDF from here or read it online here. All photos taken and provided by the author. Introduction According to Article 7, paragraph 2(i) of the Rome Statute[1], an Enforced disappearance is defined as “…the arrest, detention or abduction of persons […]

  • A list of Commissions and Committees appointed by GoSL (2006- 2013)

    The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has produced a table that contains basic information pertaining to Commissions of Inquiry (CoI) and committees appointed by the Government since coming into power in November 2005. Section I of the table examines the CoI and Section II contains information pertaining to key committees established during the specific time […]

  • Sri Lanka war dead count improper: Tamil party Read more >

    Sri Lanka war dead count improper: Tamil party

    Sri Lanka war dead count improper: Tamil party World | Press Trust of India inSh Colombo:  Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party today said a census to ascertain the number of dead and disappeared in the country’s nearly three-decade-long civil war was not being conducted properly.“We feel that the census is not being properly conducted,” said […]

  • Sri  Lanka: Peaceful protestors assaulted on world human rights day Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Peaceful protestors assaulted on world human rights day

    The violation of human rights in Trincomalee on World Human Rights day proves that the Rajapaksa regime doesn’t care two hoots for the Commonwealth Charter let alone the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, despite the President being the Commonwealth Chairman, the ‘Samagi Balawegaya’ says.In a statement, the ‘Samagi Balawegaya’ condemns the violent conduct of the […]

  • Sri Lanka rally to protest against disappearances Read more >

    Sri Lanka rally to protest against disappearances

    By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo Hundreds of Sri Lankans have held a demonstration in Colombo, demanding to know the whereabouts of two activists who disappeared two years ago. Lalith Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganathan organised rallies against political disappearances before being apparently abducted in the north of the country. The rally was held on the […]

  • Disappearances commission seeks extension; received 8000 complaints Read more >

    Disappearances commission seeks extension; received 8000 complaints

    The commission appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to investigate incidents of disappearances during the war has sought an extension to the time period it was given by when to complete investigations.Former Judge Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama, who is heading the Commission, said that so far the Commission has received 8000 complaints on disappearances.Of the complaints, 4000 […]

  • Sri Lanka bans remembrance of rebels Tamil Tigers Read more >

    Sri Lanka bans remembrance of rebels Tamil Tigers

    Sapa-AFP Sri Lanka’s military Monday announced a ban on commemorations of the island’s defeated Tamil Tiger rebels following reports that sections of the ethnic Tamil minority were planning to hold events. The military said any event was banned because the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was still a proscribed organisation, four years after the […]

  • After the shambles of Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth needs a relaunch

    First, the good news: David Cameron kept his promise to “shine a light” on Sri Lanka’s human rights record when he visited the country for the Commonwealth summit. If President Mahinda Rajapaksa thought this occasion was going to be a chance to showcase his regime, then he will have been sorely disappointed. In particular, Cameron’s […]

  • CHOGM 2013: A lie well told Read more >

    CHOGM 2013: A lie well told

    Deborah Philip    I imagine that beneath the cordial smiles and exchange of pleasantries there is much weeping and gnashing of teeth taking place at Temple Trees these days. The façade that was CHOGM 2013 seems to have crumbled, at least in the eyes of the world, although certainly not in most parts of Sri Lanka’s […]

  • British PM upstages Commonwealth summit with Jaffna trip Read more >

    British PM upstages Commonwealth summit with Jaffna trip

    AFP Colombo (AFP) – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron made an historic visit Friday to Sri Lanka’s former war-zone, stealing the spotlight from a Commonwealth summit after the host, President Mahinda Rajapakse, warned against passing judgement on his country’s past. Only hours after the summit opened in Colombo, Cameron flew into the northern Jaffna region […]

  • Friction over Sri Lankan rights record shows at Commonwealth as president defends gov’t effort Read more >

    Friction over Sri Lankan rights record shows at Commonwealth as president defends gov’t effort

    Rajapaksha at CHOGM ( AP photo) Associated PressSri Lanka’s president lashed out at criticisms of his nation’s human rights record, saying Thursday that the government deals with any complaints of abuses committed during or after its bloody 27-year civil war. Pro-government protesters, meanwhile, attacked the headquarters of the main opposition party.President Mahinda Rajapaksa was speaking […]

  • CHOGM 2013 /Sri Lanka: HR festival  participant arrested Read more >

    CHOGM 2013 /Sri Lanka: HR festival participant arrested

    Participants at the Festival A youth from Mullaitivu who had attended the Human Rights Festival at the UNP Sirikotha headquarters has been arrested by security forces this afternoon. (Nov. 14).The youth, named Sudharshan was arrested by Mirihana police OIC and a group of TID officers, reports say.Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’, organizing committee member – […]

  • CHOGM 2013/ Sri Lanka: 3 buses from North to HR festival  stopped Read more >

    CHOGM 2013/ Sri Lanka: 3 buses from North to HR festival stopped

    Security forces have stopped three buses carrying Tamil nationals from the North region to the Human Rights Festival scheduled to be held at the UNP headquarters today afternoon (Nov. 13), Britto Fernando of the ‘Samagi Balawegaya’ said.The buses have been stopped at Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Madu this morning.Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’, Mr. Fernando said […]

  • Tamil women: The government took our children during the civil war

    by Melani Manel PereraFor the 23rd anniversary of the Day of the Disappeared, 350 women have asked the President of Sri Lanka for their loved ones to be returned. The testimony of two mothers. Since 1987, 5 thousand people victims of “enforced disappearances”.Raddolugama (AsiaNews) – “Our children and our husbands were taken by the government […]

  • White Van Stories: Documentary on Sri Lanka set for international release Read more >

    White Van Stories: Documentary on Sri Lanka set for international release

    White Van Stories: A documentary on disappearances in Sri Lanka Critically acclaimed Indian filmmaker Leena Manimekalai’s White Van Stories, a documentary on enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka with never-seen-before footage, is set for an international release. The two-hour documentary shows seven characters and the unexplained disappearances of their loved ones in post-war Sri Lanka. The […]

  • Scandal of Sri Lanka’s disappeared Read more >

    Scandal of Sri Lanka’s disappeared

    A controversial Commonwealth summit takes place in Sri Lanka next month. The country has more outstanding cases of disappeared people than anywhere else in the world, apart from Iraq. The Telegraph investigates By David Blair, Mannar The abductors arrived in a white van shortly before midnight, stopping outside a modest home in a palm-fringed town […]

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